Today I will leave the wine area of Hunter Valley and will head on to the Blue Mountains. Because of the distance, I will not make it in one day. Therefore I have picked Windsor as the next stop. It is Good Friday today and everything is closed and everybody is enjoying this day off.
The route from Pokolbin to Windsor leads me over the Putty Road. This road is long, extremely twisty and goes up and down for kilometers. This means no photographs while driving, it would kill me… And there is certainly no way I can pull over and take some snapshots either: this road is so small, that I would block a lane. And since the visibility is low due to all the turns, it would also be very dangerous. Hence there are not a lot of pictures today. I managed to pull over on one or two locations along this road and here are the results:
As you can see: hills and trees. And this for something like 150 kilometers… When I get closer to Windsor, there are some houses and even small towns along the road. And then within say 10 kilometers, the landscape changes dramatically. The trees are more or less gone and there is grassland. And the country becomes more or less flat again. And then there is Windsor…
Well I expected a small town, but this is much smaller than I thought it was. It took me some time to realize this. But since the drive over the Putty Road was exhausting, I wanted to make sure that I had a bed for the night. I found the motel (read: I found more or less the only motel), took a shower and then “hit the town”…
There is a small park along the river and because it is Good Friday, there are a lot of families having a picnic or barbeque. Here is a short impression:
There are not a lot of restaurants in town. There are more than enough fast food places, but it took me some time to find a place where you could sit down and eat something that didn’t come out of a “hot oil bath”… Then after dinner it was time to sleep. This road killed me. It was beautiful, but all this turning, up and down, speed up, breaking again over such a long distance was extremely tiring. This road kills as well! I saw several places where people had accidents, since there were flowers and crosses to remember them. Well, I made it to the metropolis (yeah right) called Windsor and tomorrow I will move on to a more interesting place: the Blue Mountains.
The track of today:
Friday 10 April 2009